Blog Pause Day 4: My husband and I recently were able to slip out for a date night and see The Hobbit. Our night out reminded me of this post, which I'm sharing again for your reading pleasure.
Originally posted February 3, 2012
Occasionally a movie becomes more than a movie. It becomes an entity
unto itself, a metaphor for life. This is the case for me with the The Lord of the Rings
trilogy. Perhaps I wouldn't select them for a relaxing
evening at home, of course, because who really has 557 minutes to
What I like about these movies is that they're highly quotable. Plus,
they're sticky, meaning that the characters and moments have lodged
themselves in my brain, allowing me to frequently draw analogies between
the movies and the experiences in my own life.
Obviously, I'm living an epic adventure.
For instance, whenever my children ask for two snacks between breakfast
and lunch -- which is daily -- I suspect that they're hobbits. I hear Pippin in my head, "What
about second breakfast? What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon
tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?"
Whenever I'm weary, I remember Biblo's description of being spread thin, like butter scraped over too much bread.
And when I call attention to myself in an undesirable fashion, I imagine
the Eye, lidless and wreathed in flame, peering down on me.
Ah, man, I brought the Eye toward me again! Drat.
So, while I recently was going about my business in the kitchen (code
for sweeping up crumbs and noticing how often my socks stuck to the
floor), I paused when I saw this:
And then I really paused when I saw this:
My daughter reported that she simply had been making turkey vultures by
tracing her hand. (She's advanced beyond mere turkeys. We're onto
But when I studied the cut-out of her hand, I didn't see a turkey
vulture. I saw my daughter claiming all objects as her own -- starting
with this riding toy -- by marking them with her hand print.
I saw the hand of Saruman.
I saw this:
And I'm not sure what this reveals about me.
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